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PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:25 pm
by maxlyons
It has been a very long time (nearly 4 years) since I updated PTAssembler, but I have just posted a new version, available here.

Changes in this version are as follows:

version 6.3.0 (July 2017)

Feature: Masks "snap to" edge of images.
Feature: Added ability to copy all masks in one image to all other images.
Feature: Added ability to save/load masks.
Feature: Added filesize information to Step 1 screen and tooltip on Step 3.
Feature: Added option to remove image from project from popup menu on
Step 3 screen by right-clicking on tab-strip above image viewers.
Feature: Added several new options to configure how photometric optimization
Feature: Added "Load from EXIF" button to photometric optimization screen.
Feature: Added EXIF shutter speed, aperture and ISO display to Step 1 screen.
Feature: Added ability to extract/parse GPS data from EXIF fields.
Feature: Added ability to specify GPS/EXIF/UTC offsets in an external file
for individual cameras over defined time windows. See the new
"GPS and Location Features" section in PTAssembler's help file for details.
Feature: Added ability to read GPS lat/lon/elevtation from EXIF data.
Feature: Added ability to "fast parse" GPX files (speeds up parsing of GPX
files where trackpoints are in chronological order).
Feature: Added ability to use tokens ({project_dir}, {image_dir}, {app_dir}
when specifying directories to search for GPS data files.
Feature: Added ability to specify EXIF/UTC and Local/UTC offsets for different
cameras and/or different time periods in an external file
(gps_exif_utc_offsets.txt). See help file for more information.
Feature: Improved default name for photometric preset generation (to avoid
overwriting existing presets)
Feature: Improved algorithm for detecting best photometric preset for current
project; added color coding to show match quality.
Feature: Added ability to interpolate yaw, pitch and/or roll for specific

Change: Rearranged optimizer configuration screen to incorporate photometric
option parameters. Added menu item (File -> Configure Optimizer).
Change: Improved photometric optimization algorithm. Results should be
better for majority of projects.
Change: Reorganized EXIF parsing logic handling; changed default setting so
that if a file doesn't contain EXIF data, try to locate and extract EXIF
data from associated RAW file
Change: Changed URLs listed to show a map of image location from GPS data

Bug Fix: Corrected photometric algorithm that could lead to a single image
showing incorrect exposure.
Bug Fix: Corrected handing of masks when doing photometric optimization.
Bug Fix: Photometric preset can be loaded by double-clicking list entry.
Bug Fix: Corrected loading of output file format when loading project.


Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:21 am
by atholg
Good timing Max, just back from three weeks on the Rhine and in Switzerland so I have quite a few panoramas to process.
Thanks for the continuing efforts

Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:35 am
by WWG
Hi Max,

I installed 6.3.0 and have a problem. I'm on Windows 10/64 bit. I ran a 2x2 pano using both full auto mode and by stepping through the process manually and get the same error when generating a preview. The previewer can't find the temporary files. Here are two screen captures.


After clicking OK

Here is the Check Installation File

====== PTAssembler 6.3.0 installation check ======

Core Panorama Creation Programs appears to be installed correctly...all required files were found.

*** Core Panorama Creation Program Versions ***

1. Optimizer Program:
C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\PTAStitcher.exe (x64)

2. Stitcher Program:
C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\PTAStitcher.exe (x64)

*** Core Panorama Creation Program File Dates ***

Optimizer: PTAStitcher.exe created on 6/30/2017 4:50:14 PM
Stitcher: PTAStitcher.exe created on 6/30/2017 4:50:14 PM

*** Optional Plugins / Helper Programs ***

NeatImage not installed
GreyCStoration not installed
Autopano not installed
Panomatic not installed
CPFind not installed
Enfuse not installed
Enblend not installed
Smartblend (x86) found at C:\Smartblend_1_2_5\smartblend.exe. (11/26/2016 5:56:48 PM)
Multiblend not installed

*** PTAssembler components ***

PTAssembler (x86) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptasmblr.exe. (6/30/2017 4:27:02 PM)
ptastitcher.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptastitcher.exe. (6/30/2017 4:50:14 PM)
ptassembler.dll found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptassembler.dll. (6/30/2017 4:50:14 PM)
imgformt.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\imgformt.exe. (8/27/2012 11:41:04 PM)
tufuse.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\tufuse.exe. (8/27/2012 11:41:02 PM)
ptapicker.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptapicker.exe. (6/30/2017 4:38:38 PM)
sbwrapper.exe not installed
sbiterator.exe not installed
tiffcrop.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\tiffcrop.exe. (8/10/2012 7:08:22 PM)
tiffconform.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\tiffconform.exe. (8/10/2012 7:08:22 PM)
tiffxfer.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\tiffxfer.exe. (8/10/2012 7:08:24 PM)
ptaexec.exe not installed
ptacopy.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptacopy.exe. (6/30/2017 4:38:22 PM)
ptadel.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptadel.exe. (6/30/2017 4:38:20 PM)
ptarecycle.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\ptarecycle.exe. (6/30/2017 4:38:14 PM)
shutdown.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\shutdown.exe. (8/10/2012 7:08:20 PM)
msgbox.exe (x64) found at C:\Program Files (x86)\PTAsmblr\msgbox.exe. (6/30/2017 4:38:10 PM)

*** Environment Information ***

C:\WINDOWS\system32\MSVBVM60.DLL: version 6.00.9815 : 3/18/2017 4:58:42 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\OLEAUT32.DLL: version 10.0.15063.332 (WinBuild.160101.0800) : 5/25/2017 11:32:32 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\OLEPRO32.DLL: version 10.0.15063.447 (WinBuild.160101.0800) : 6/20/2017 12:30:22 AM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ASYCFILT.DLL: version 10.0.15063.138 (WinBuild.160101.0800) : 5/25/2017 11:32:37 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\STDOLE2.TLB: version 10.0.15063.0 (WinBuild.160101.0800) : 3/18/2017 4:58:48 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMCAT.DLL: version 10.0.15063.0 (WinBuild.160101.0800) : 3/18/2017 4:58:41 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\comdlg32.ocx: version 6.01.9782 : 3/9/2004 1:00:00 AM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\mscomctl.ocx: version 6.01.9786 : 4/15/2005 8:58:16 PM
C:\WINDOWS\system32\tabctl32.ocx: version 6.01.9782 : 3/9/2004 1:00:00 AM

System directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32\
Application data directory: C:\Users\wwgan\AppData\Roaming\PTAssembler

Temporary Directory: C:\Users\wwgan\AppData\Local\Temp
Total Space: 1849.51 GB
Available Space: 1256.18 GB

System Processor Count: 8

________________________ end of check file

Thanks for keeping PTA alive. It is still the best and most robust pano assembler out there.


Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:24 am
by maxlyons
I don't see anything strange in the installation output (thanks for posting it). Can you send me your project file, please? (I don't need the images). I'll try to replicate/solve the problem.



Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:49 am
by WWG
I attached the file to an email to Is that how you wanted me to send it?

Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:49 pm
by WWG
Thanks, Max. All good now.

Re: PTAssembler 6.3.0 released

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:42 pm
by dsp
The King is dead. Long live the King!
cheers, dsp